Underrated Films, Underprolonged Reviews: Mallrats (1995)


Plot, from IMDB: Both dumped by their girlfriends, two best friends seek refuge in the local mall.
I’d like to start this small piece out by simply stating I love Kevin Smith’s movies. I’ve been a big fan of his for about five years or so now, and I just love his perverted and often witty since of humor. He is easily one of the most, if not the most, unpretentious filmmaker out there right now because he makes the type of movies he would watch, that he would enjoy, the type of movies that a singular person or a group of friends can watch and laugh and have a good time with. For the most part, I mean. I hated “Cop Out”, like most people, but I don’t blame him for that film being awful as he wasn’t the screenwriter. Now, onto the actual point of my piece rather than explaining my love for Smith’s movies; why do a lot of people hate Mallrats? I don’t really understand that. Sure, it’s nowhere near the quality film “Clerks.” was, and especially not as great as “Chasing Amy”, but it is in itself a pretty damn funny movie. The writing may be puerile at times, obviously, and it’s definitely not as clever as his previous film “Clerks” was, but what “Mallrats” has in its favor as a follow-up film is a delightfully fun new adventure with the human versions of Scooby and Shaggy themselves, Jay and Silent Bob. This movie infact contains some of my favorite Jay and Silent Bob moments, especially the scenes when they’re trying to sabotage the gameshow Truth or Date, and it also includes quite a bit of hilarious one-liners throughout. And frankly that was good enough for me, I came to this movie years ago to laugh and have a good time and it most certainly suceeded in doing just exactly what I expected it to do. No more, no less.

In conclusion, while “Mallrats” is certainly not Kevin Smith’s masterpiece (that title would go to “Chasing Amy”), it is still a fun, laugh-out-loud and enjoyable good time that will make you smile and crave more wacky Jay and Silent Bob shenanigans.

My Rating: 8/10

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